First, I have to say that I received this in a roundabout way: as the fourth "Bonus Free Surprize CD" of the four-CD "Industrial Madness" box from Cleopatra Records. When I opened the box, I admit I rolled my eyes -- I had heard of 808state, of course, but... industrial???
One of my sidelines is reviewing "New Age" CDs for possible inclusion in radio shows. Let me tell you, until quite recently, "New Age music" was largely an oxymoron. Thank the gods, more & more is being infected with club sensibilities. Half of this 1997 album would still kick the stuffing out of most NA that comes across my desk.
The "Don Solaris" CD is in a corner of the universe nearer Bill Nelson or Blur, off to the side of The Future Sounds of London & BT & maybe Depeche Mode. I've been cycling "Bond" and "Bird" heavily, though the complex near-Caribbean sway of "Lopez" is quite nice. The electro basis of "Balboa" is worth noting -- steel drums...?
Oh, heck, if I was forced to pick the *worst* track on this album, I'd be stuck.
Gotta go. Just from writing the review, I want to go crank up "Banacheq".